A look at some of the big stories in mobile today: Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop gives an unequivocal response on M&A questions; Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) takes ownership of iCloud.com; MobileIron raises $20 million; iPhone/iPad bundles from Orange in the UK.
– Nokia: Amid more reports swirling that Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) had made a $19 billion offer for Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Elop made as clear a response as he could to the question. The reports, he said, were “baseless”. The comments were made at the D9 conference yesterday. It also looks like a preview of the new device could be weeks away. Full story here.
– iCloud: In the leadup to WWDC, some more details on Apple and its iCloud service. Apple has now officially taken control of the domain name from its previous owners Xcerion, according to a registration document uncovered by Mac Rumors. It also owns the domain iCloud.org. iCloud.com, as of this morning, is still redirecting to Xcerion’s own service, which has been renamed CloudMe, but the change in ownership means that Apple will now be able to redirect it to its own site, and the new one that it plans for the service. Meanwhile, it has also filed a trademark application in Europe for iCloud and all services that could fall under the name, including music and other digital content services.
– MobileIron: Amid reports of more malware discovered on and removed from Android, and the first signs of problems on the iOS platform (here too), VCs have understandably been looking to invest more money in those companies looking to combat these trends. MobileIron, which provides enterprise management and security for smartphones, has just raised $20 million in a Series D round. Existing investors Foundation Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and Storm Ventures all participated, it noted in a release. The company says the money will be used to help finance rapid growth: it claims to have picked up some 200 new enterprise customers in just the last 90 days.
– iPhone/iPad bundles: UK fanboy alert… Orange in the UK has launched a new offer for cut-price iPhone and iPad devices, when you buy them together on a two-year contract. The lowest offer, for existing Orange customers, gives users an iPhone 4 and iPad 2, both with 16GB of storage, for £99 ($162), and includes 2GB of data, fair-use unlimited WiFi, with 600 voice minutes and unlimited texts for the iPhone. New customers have to pay an extra £50 ($82) on top of that.